​Symptoms and Causes of Dry Skin

​Symptoms and Causes of Dry Skin

Lana Lindstrom

Dry skin is very common, most all children and adults will have some sort or dry skin during their lifetime. In most cases, dry skin can be treated with a moisturizer, but that does not always work. Extreme dry skin is a cause of eczema, so where does it come from? And how can dry skin be treated?

Symptoms

Dry skin symptoms are fairly easy to identify. It is caused from your body not being able to properly absorb moisture. Symptoms include, a feeling of skin tightness or roughness, mostly after bathing. Itchiness, redness, and ashy skin are also contributing factors. Once skin is dry, it can crack and once it cracks, bacteria can enter and cause infections.

Causes

Dry skin has a variety of causes, some in our control and some out of our control. Aging may be a cause of dry skin. As skin ages it is very important to moisturize with a thick emollient everyday as it becomes thinner and drier. AD Rescuewear emollients can be found here. Hot baths and showers is also a cause. Try to shower in lukewarm water and limit time to 10 minutes and once per day.

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Dehydration can be noted as a cause of dry skin, especially in summer months. Dehydration occurs when your body is releasing more water than it is absorbing. If you have eczema, your body struggles to absorb water and hold it into the skin. In this case, it’s essential to take extra meausres to make sure your eczema does not flare. Wet wrap therapy, and creating a healthy bathing routine are great solutions to lock in extra moisture. Check out this article for more information on eczema treatment by bathing and moisturizing. Always carry a water bottle and rehydrate as much as possible. Health professionals recommend the 8x8 rule to drink 8 ounces of water 8 times per day.

Solutions

Endless solutions are available for dry skin, as many people suffer daily from it. Which one work the best? It’s hard to say, every skin type is different. The important thing is to catch it early so it does not lead to eczema, or other skin infections. If you cannot seem to stop the dryness and itchiness, consult with your dermatologist as it may be early signs of atopic dermatitis.


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Common solutions include daily moisturizing. Always moisturize after bathing, swimming, or anytime the skin is damp. For very dry skin, look for urea or lactic acid ingredients in your moisturizer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, these active ingredients help the skin absorb water.